FdSc Sports Coaching and Development

Overview

Following the unprecedented success of Team GB and the London 2012 Olympic Games this exciting course provides the opportunity to harness the momentum gained in sport within the UK to equip aspiring sports coaches and those working to further develop sport to continue the legacy moving forwards to the future.

The profile of sports coaches is an ever growing phenomenon with specific knowledge of the detailed contributions made by; Dave Brailsford of Team GB Cycling, Toni Minichiello coach of Jessica Ennis, and Ivan Lendl coach of the newly crowned Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray, now common reading amongst the popular press as well as within the coaching fraternity. The success achieved would not have been possible without an educated, thoughtful and scientific approach to performance management, gone are the days of a reliance on the ‘natural ability ethos’ in sport alone.

‘Sports Coach UK’ outline within ‘The UK Coaching Framework’ that by 2016 there will be:

More appropriately qualified and skill coaches

  • A more diverse workforce
  • A culture of self-improvement
  • A better supported workforce

(www.sportscoachuk.org/uk-coaching-framework-overview| Accessed 12/07/2013 )

 The recent resurgence of the UK as a major sporting nation should provide the catalyst for opportunities to develop sporting initiatives further through funding streams appropriate to help promote ‘sport for life’ and further participation rates along with developing grassroots level sport for the future.

The course is specifically designed for students interested in gaining the essential skills and knowledge base needed in order to reach their full potential in what is an ever evolving and fast-paced industry, with the prospect of registration following the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) model, and the aspiration of coaching becoming a licensed profession (National Coaching Foundation 2008).

This programme of study is thus responsive and flexible and as current as possible, encouraging a culture of self-reflection and continuous professional development in students. The staff team are not only university lecturers but also sporting professionals, such as coaches currently operating within the current environment, along with various quest lectures given by those working across a diverse range of disciplines.

The course content reflects the subject areas needed to compete within the current environment with the shared ethos of a self-reflective, thoughtful and scientific approach to sports coaching and sports development. Students will investigate the theoretical underpinnings of optimal coaching practice and will have personal coaching sessions recorded and analysed for evaluation. A solid scientific understanding of the make-up of the human body is an essential foundation to all athletic development and is covered in great detail along with the finer details of sporting performance through systematic analysis and assessment of both teams and individuals.

The context of within which sports sits, locally, nationally and globally will be studied covering a range of key issues ranging from; funding, race, gender, media, disability, and diversity barriers will be investigated to enable students to make balanced judgments and decisions about sport taking into consideration the wider context in which they sit. The intricate workings of the sports development framework and funding streams will be dissected to allow students to gain the understanding needed to access key partners and national organisations to compete within the business side of the sports market.

Key vocational skills are promoted and integrated throughout the course with various assessment methods used including; written and practical examinations, reflective journals, essays, group presentations, individual presentations, oral exams, multiple-choice exams, practical video and notational analysis, practical coaching sessions and a research project.      

Work-based learning is also integral to the course. There are two work experience modules within the course designed to enable students to operate successfully within the constraints of the real world of work, while applying the knowledge and skills gained from the course content effectively to enhance their professional occupational ability. Again a key theme of self-reflective practice is present throughout.

Students are expected to actively engage with Sports Coaching and Development throughout their time on the course by seeking paid and voluntary coaching and pursuing formal National Governing Body coaching qualifications to enhance their experience. The course team at UCS Bury St Edmunds has strong links within various local grassroots and semi-professional sports clubs and initiatives which can be utilised to help gain such experience and build networks with such key members of the industry to support these aims.

Successful students can progress to various destinations or further study:

  • BA(Hons) Professional Studies at UCS BSE. Students have successfully utilised this Level 6 route that provides Honours progression for FD graduates in any discipline.
  • Progression to a full Level 6 honours Degree progression route in sports coaching and development (or similar) at other HEIs subject to the entrance qualifications of individual institutions (inc. BSc Sport & Exercise Science at UCS).
  • Access to the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training (www.snitt.co.uk ) or the new School Direct Training programme (http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching ) is a popular route for students whose aspiration is Physical Education teaching.

Content and Modules

Year 1 Modules:

Anatomy and Physiology for Sport, Health and Exercise

Introduction to Sports Development,

Social and Psychological Perspectives in Sport, Health and Exercise Industry,

Introduction to the Principles of Coaching,

Personal Development,

Work Experience as a Resourcing for Learning 1.

Year 2 Modules:

Contemporary Issues in a Modern Sporting Environment,

Sport Development and Community,

Performance analysis and Improvement,

Advanced Coaching, Skills in Research and Problem Solving,

Work Experience as a Resource for Learning 2.

Further Information

Successful students can progress to various destinations or further study:

- BA(Hons) Professional Studies at UCS BSE. Students have successfully utilised this Level 6 route that provides Honours progression for FD graduates in any discipline.

- Progression to a full Level 6 honours Degree progression route in sports coaching and development (or similar) at other HEIs subject to the entrance qualifications of individual institutions (inc. BSc Sport & Exercise Science at UCS).

- Access to the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training (UCS Bury St Edmunds|

What is included in your tuition fees

At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.

At a glance details

UCAS Code:

CX6D FdSc/SDC 

Typical Offer:

200 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)

 

Applications are welcome from all who can benefit from and successfully complete the course.
Location:

UCS Bury St Edmunds|(campus code B) 

Duration:

Two years full-time or three years part-time 

How to Apply:

All UCS degrees are jointly validated by the Universities of East Anglia and Essex

 

 
 

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